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Date Posted: 12:39:52 10/16/17 Mon
Author: River Oaks Reporter
Subject: Synopsis of Oct 9, 2017 Planning and Zoning Meeting

This is a continued public meeting to discuss allowing CISD to erect a 150 ft. telecommunication tower on the elementary school property. The issue at the previous meeting was to get approval in writing from the base. But we'll get back to that point later. Renee Smith-Faulkner gave a presentation on the reasons for the tower, the uses for the tower, a picture of the tower and how it was going to be funded. The highlights being all students are now given ipads to read and do their homework from. So if you do not have internet access this makes it difficult. The funding is going to come from a grant which Smith-Faulkner has been getting for technology for many years. Now to the tower itself: Its a 150 ft tall. The picture the presented only showed the repeaters for the school. not the other potential three services that could be rented out. The council chambers were full, except for four seats. 99% working or representing CISD. Next person speaking was a teacher talking about students who didn't have internet at home who were hanging around on the school steps using the school wi-fi to do their homework stressing the need for this tower. A couple of other teachers reflected the same opinion of needing the tower for the students who do not have internet access since our city is 82% of the population are below the poverty line. This is CISD's quote not mine. A parent also stood up expressing the need for free internet. Also another school rep. expressed the need for free internet since the city library is no longer open as much as it once was.

Marvin read a letter from the Tarrant County Appr District stating that at this time they have no evidence that telecommunication towers lower property values.

One resident stood up and brought up an issue that was brought up at the previous meeting about why doesn't the school use the water tower to mount their antenna on. The school rep. stated that they needed all communications to be on site (since the main computer is at the high school they need to explain that one to me). The homeowner was also concerned about the tower should it fall since he is within 200 ft.

Now back to permission from the base. If the representative from the school (im sorry I dont remember his name)would have brought the proper paperwork I'm sure this would have all been settled and sent to council. The rep. from CISD, and to put it politely, got rather pointed at times. No board member returned comments in kind. Both emails from the base were read. The email to the board chair was 180 degree different than the one CISD presented. It even mentioned that Homeland Security and the base had concerns and were requesting a study. Both emails were stated to be sent within hours of the meeting.

Board chair James Myrick and council representatives Dan Chisholm who both attend meeting at the base on keeping the base here expressed concerns on not having an approval letter from the base. Myrick stated that he wasn't going to approve something that Homeland Security wouldn't approve or the base since we are working hand and hand with the base on 183 to keep the base here.

The representative from CISD didn't understand the boards concerns and stated his dad was once an air traffic controller and if a plane is at 150ft, a radio tower is the least of his problems. hmmm

The board voted to table the matter until Oct 16th which by that time both Dan Chisholm and James Myrick should have had communication with the base and maybe CISD will have received written approval otherwise final approval by council will be OCt 24.

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